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Oak Harbor, WA 98277
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Development Codes

Development Codes

Streets and Sidewalks (Title 11)

Title 11 contains standards for the development and use of streets and sidewalks, including, sidewalk repair and construction, sidewalk use permits, minimum required street improvements, design standards, access management on Highway 20, and concurrency requirements. For a copy of Title 11, click here.

 

Stormwater (Title 12)

This Title establishes requirements for construction and maintenance of stormwater facilities, including when and what type of stormwater facilities are required for new development. To access a copy of Title 12, click here.

 

Water (Title 13)

This Title establishes requirements for construction and maintenance of city water systems, including when and what type of water facilities are required for new development and the amount of system development charges (SDCs). To access a copy of Title 13, click here.

 

Sewers (Title 14)

This Title establishes requirements for construction and maintenance of city sewer systems, including when and what type of sewer facilities are required for new development and the amount of system development charges (SDCs). To access a copy of Title 14, click here.

 

Planning Ordinance (Title 18)

Title 18 describes the process and timelines for submittal and review of land use permits, including duties of the Planning Commission, review procedures for Type I – Type VI permits, public notice requirements, hearing examiner roles and duties, development agreements, system development charges, and latecomer’s agreements. For a copy of the Title 18, click here.

 

Zoning Ordinance (Title 19)

The City’s Zoning Ordinance is contained in Title 19 of the Oak Harbor Municipal Code. This ordinance contains three types of regulations:

  • Zoning. A description of each zone and the allowed, prohibited and conditional uses within the zone.
  • Development regulations. Development requirements for non-conforming uses, manufactured home parks, planned residential developments, accessory dwelling units, parking, landscaping, wireless communication facilities, signs, and essential public facilities.
  • Administrative provisions. Requirements for processing planned residential developments, home occupations, temporary use permits, site plan review, variances, conditional uses, zoning map amendments, and zoning text amendments.

 

To access a copy of the Zoning Ordinance, click here.

 

Environment (Title 20)

Title 20 put regulations and standards in place for development within or near critical areas. Critical areas include critical aquifer recharge areas, fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas, geologically hazardous areas, and wetlands. To access a copy of Title 20, click here.

 

Subdivisions (Title 21)

This Title sets the minimum standards by which land may be subdivided within the City. Of note to development applicants are the General Design Standards in chapter 21.50 (here) and the Residential Design Standards in chapter 21.60 (here). These two sections outline the necessary improvements for streets, lots, blocks, dead-ends, street trees, landscape buffers, pedestrian/bike connections, and stormwater ponds. To access a copy of Title 21, click here.

 

Interlocal Agreement between Island County and the City of Oak Harbor

This agreement, adopted in 2002, puts in place development standards for Oak Harbor’s unincorporated Urban Growth Area (UGA) also known as the “Joint Planning Area” (JPA). This agreement includes standards for zoning, landscaping and tree retention, fire prevention, streets, open spaces, and noise attenuation. More specific standards apply to the “North Whidbey Enterprise Area” which is a sub area within the JPA. For a copy of the Interlocal Agreement, click here.

 

Shoreline Master Program (SMP)

This program places limits on uses, establishes development standards and outlines a permit process for the purpose of protecting the environment, preserving public access and promoting economic development within the shoreline area. The shoreline area generally falls 200 feet landward of the ordinary high water mark (OHM). To view a copy of the SMP, click here.

 

Design Regulations and Guidelines (DRGs)

The Design Regulations and Guidelines are design standards which apply to development of all commercial, industrial, public facility or multi-family residential uses. The intent of the DRGs is to direct the look and function by regulating the building façade and materials, landscaping areas, parking areas, utilities, and garbage enclosures, among other aspects of a site. To view a copy of the DRGs, click here.

 

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